Education and Expertise
Dr. Merz graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor University before attending medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After finishing medical school, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In his final year of residency, he served as the administrative chief resident.
Dr. Merz completed two fellowships after residency—adult reconstruction and hip preservation. He was an Otto E. Aufranc fellow in adult reconstruction at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. While there, he had extensive training in primary and revision total hip and knee surgeries as well as partial knee replacement.
Due to his specific interest in the hip, Dr. Merz completed a second fellowship in hip-preserving surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He underwent comprehensive training with leaders in the field for patients with hip conditions, from birth through middle age. This included both arthroscopy and osteotomies of the pelvis and femur.
Specific conditions addressed by Dr. Merz include: